Posts Tagged ‘1992’

Dropped Same Day: Da Lench Mob / Diamond D / Redman / Showbiz & A.G.

Monday, March 25th, 2013

Here we have the introduction albums for four well known staples, all either in or affiliated with groups intrinsically linked to important movements in hip hop history: D.I.T.C.‘s Diamond D and Showbiz & A.G., Ice Cube‘s Lench Mob and the unofficial “eleventh member” of Wu-Tang, Redman.

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Tuesday, September 22nd, 1992.

Four LPs: Da Lench Mob‘s debut, via EastWest / Street Knowledge, Diamond D‘s first, on Chemistry / Mercury / PolyGram, Redman‘s debut, off Def Jam and Showbiz & A.G.‘s first, by way of PolyGram.

Pick your favorite and / or the best album, doesn’t matter.

Check other posts in the Dropped Same Day series here.

And feel free to state your case, leave corrections or post additional match ups you would like to see in the comments below.

— The Big Sleep

Raggedy Man – Demo Tape (Early 90’s)

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

[I couldn’t find any pics online at all and don’t have the tape on hand so this video is here because the second emcee is Raggedy Man making a rare appearance on youtube.]

01 Sh-Boom
02 I’ve Been Workin’ On The Railroad
03 True Colors
04 Can I Get A Witness
05 Keep It On
06 Singin’ In The Rain

Download demo tape here. (more…)

J.V.C.F.O.R.C.E. 1992-1993 Unreleased EP

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

Order here.

A1 3 The Hard Way
A2 Fun
A3 An Episode Of My Favorite MC

B1 Pump It Up
B2 3 Ways 2 Rip It
B3 An Episode Of My Favorite MC (Instrumental)

Written, Composed and Arranged By J.V.C.F.O.R.C.E.
Produced by J.V.C.F.O.R.C.E.
Recorded at North Shore Sound Works, Long Island, New York, 1992-1993. (more…)

Big L – Gorilla In A Phone Booth

Saturday, August 28th, 2010

These limited 12″s shipped out about a month ago so I’m gonna guess that it’s been online for download for a while now. If not, I’ll remove the link at the label’s request. I won’t include the instrumentals, just the two songs. I figured we should bless you with this and urge you to go support, and cop at:

The price tag is type high, especially for nowadays, but you can get a nice package deal with the new Nutrageous/Freestyle Professors EP and bonus 45. Definite bangin’, raw early 90’s sounding stuff for heads like us, don’t sleep. The FP’s really haven’t deviated from their raw Bronx heavy sound since 1994, and that is especially refreshing in nowadays keyboard preset plagued, computer programmed, ultra crispy clean sounding world.
Take a peep at the Showbiz produced og version of “No Endz, No Skinz” here:
And the Showbiz produced og version of “Give It To Em L” here:
So, apparently these tracks were on the original version of Big L’s first album, produced entirely by Showbiz, that burned up in a fire at Jazzy Jay‘s studio. How these songs got found, nobody knows, but this IS some historic shit right here. I know the price is high, but if you’re a Big L enthusiast, you should really grab this one. And you get more than just the Big L tracks if you cop because it’s actually a “double 12” and the other piece of wax included is the previously unreleased 3 tracks, with instrumentals, by emcee Silky Black. Two of which are produced by Showbiz and one by the mighty Lord Finesse. I believe they pressed up about 400 copies but I could be mistaken. The reason for the pricing in nowadays price dropping, over saturated limited market, was probably from dealing with greats like Lord Finesse and Showbiz, not to mention Big L’s estate. I’m merely speculating here, so don’t try to eviscerate me in the comments.
The record also comes with a couple of sheets describing the release and the difference in lyrics and the whole story behind the record.
Cop here:
Big, big ups and crazy thanks to Ed Catto, Showbiz, and Branesparker(you can cop his EP with Nutso[f/k/a Nutrageous] in the previous link) for putting this project together and bringing us the unreleased goodies!

The Source: May 1992 issue featuring X-Clan

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

Whoa, could this ever happen today? A ‘radical’ pro-Black musical group on the cover of a mainstream magazine? This issue was obviously popular back in ’92 because someone stole it from my dorm room. I had to purchase another copy from EBay last spring to post this but once again, I never got around to it until now. So this issue is a T.R.O.Y. blog exclusive. After re-reading it, I can see that it was probably stolen because of the Das Efx and Pete Rock & CL Smooth album reviews. If you weren’t aware, those groups were on fire in ’92 and the radio kept “They Want Efx” and “They Reminisce Over You” on constant rotation. Looking back, did both of their albums deserve 4 mics, though? I also forgot that this issue had a small article discussing the death of Kid Hood from Tribe‘s “Scenario” remix. I remember being pretty upset after first reading that back then. One verse and his career was over. If only that could have happened to Lil Wayne instead…

Source May 1992 issue

If you’re looking for something else, then head on over to THIMK.

~Vincent Lopez~

The Source: January 1993 Issue

Sunday, January 10th, 2010

After many re-up requests at THIMK over the past year and an invite from Mr. Philaflava himself, I’ve decided to post some old Source magazines right here on the T.R.O.Y. blog. We’ve decided to kick this off with the January 1993 issue, which is the 1992 year in review. I’m not sure about many of you but mid 1991 to late 1992 was a very significant time for me while a sophomore/junior in college and music played a huge part in that. From what I read, to how I dressed, to my socio-political views, my religious beliefs, and even how I ate; I can tie them all back to a particular, artist, album or lyric from that time period. Does music still have that kind of impact today? I almost killed myself trying to find a way to get home from college every other weekend just so I could visit Sound of Market and/or Funk-O-Mart to purchase the latest album The Source had advertised or reviewed and also get their latest issue. This was back when their rating system actually meant something and when my friends I literally fought over the ratings. Just take a look at that list of the supposed best albums of that time period below:

My personal top six albums (in no order) from ’92 would be:

Redman – Whut? Thee Album (4.5 mics, November ’92 issue)

Gangstarr – A Daily Operation (3.5 mics, June ’92 issue)

Boogie Down Productions – Sex and Violence (4.5 mics, March ’92 issue)

Pete Rock & CL Smooth – Mecca & The Soul Brother (4 mics, May ’92 issue)

DiamondStunts, Blunts & Hip-Hop (4 mics, November ’92 issue)

Showbiz & A.G. – Runaway Slave (4 mics, November ’92 issue)

Enjoy the issue if you haven’t read it already. You can also read the gibberish I previously wrote about this issue here, so click that before you download it.


Source January 1993 issue

— Vincent Lopez

Tim Dog on Yo! MTV Raps

Friday, November 28th, 2008

Tim Dog, a Bronx emcee, wasn’t too happy when the West Coast went popular with artists such as NWA, DJ Quik, and Compton’s Most Wanted. His first album “Penicillin On Wax”, one of the hardest album ever released, contained tracks like “Fuck Compton,” “Step To Me,” and a few skits dissing Compton and their artists.

One day on Yo MTV Raps, Tim Dog was invited to perform his second single “Step To Me”; but Tim Dog didn’t care and started to diss everybody before performing. Ed Lover was going to introduce the next video which happened to be NWA but Tim Dog took the mic and he introduced it himself. You can probably figure out what he did… Finally, he performed “Step To Me” which was as hard as “Fuck Compton”. You’ll never see something like that on TV ever again.

Download (AVI Format)

–Thomas V

"All You Wack Emcees, You’re Fakin’ the Funk!"

Monday, November 10th, 2008

Fakin’ the Funk by Main Source has to be one of my favorite track of all time. Large Pro and Neek The Exotic went crazy on the track!! But nothing is better than the live performance they did on Yo MTV Raps! Even Ed Lover went and started to diss all the wack mc’s from that time. He disses Young MC, Gerrardo, and Vanilla Ice while Large Pro gives shoutouts to Kool G Rap, and Akinyele + Doctor Dre shouts Pete Rock & Cl Smooth. It’s definately the best live performance I’ve ever seen.

Download this here

Also don’t forget to peep the New Large Pro “Main Source”. Go Buy It!! Real Hip Hop

–Thomas V